Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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92 Landscape Architect and Specifier News When the city of Chelsea obtained a 7,315 square-foot parcel in the heart of a densely- populated, urban neighborhood, the space was home to a dilapidated former repair garage for a taxi company, which was soon demolished, leaving a brownfield site. Various uses for the parcel were considered, such as a housing development, but with open space at a premium and opportunities to create new public parks rare, the city administration settled on a new park as the highest and best use of the property. The Department of Planning & Development selected CBA Landscape Architects LLC to work with the neighborhood to determine a program for the space, and develop the park's design through a series of public meetings while the site's contaminated soils were remediated. CBA's initial design concepts developed into a series of connected, circular areas defined by surrounding plantings. A double gate from the sidewalk opens onto a plaza space in one corner with several tables, partly enclosed by a low brick seat wall with a precast concrete cap. From there, a path leads to the central feature of the park, where a circular concrete walk surrounds rubber surfacing under a striking centerpiece – a large Bloqx climber. The community had agreed that it was appropriate to provide a space for play, particularly older kids, but along with that they expressed a strong desire to have that play feature be sculptural, visually engaging, and unusual. With its challenging climbing features and its bold colors, the climber definitely met those goals. From that central nexus, three more areas radiate out to the other corners of the park, all surrounded by colorful perennials and shrubs along with curving panels of lawn. Toward the street Above the sculptured portrait of John "the Quietman" ruiz, the first Latino heavyweight boxing champion, two-time WBA heavyweight Champion, and former Chelsea resident, ruiz, is by local illustrator Dirk tiede. the commissioned artwork is fabricated with 3/8-inch laser-cut and etched stainless steel with a black paint fill. Middle Behind the ornamental fence, an entry plaza welcomes you into the space and leads to the central climbing sculpture. the tribute to boxer John ruiz, seen at the rear, draws visitors further in to explore. Design Team D.J. Chagnon, rLA, CPsi, CBA Landscape Architects LLC Construction Team General Contractor: UeL Contractors inc. Portrait Artist: Dirk tiede illustration Surveyors: everett M. Brooks, inc. Environmental Engineers: environmental Compliance services, inc. Benches and Tables: DuMor Climbing Structure: kompan Splashpad: WaterPlay Ornamental fence: Ameristar Bollard Lights: Wayne-tyler Wall Lighting: i2 systems Uplighting: targetti Poulsen UsA Rubber surfacing: Vitriturf Signage: Pannier Graphics (design by CBA) Trash receptacles: BigBelly solar Drain Grates: iron Age Designs Bricks: Morin Brick Drinking fountain: Murdock Vendors

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